DEFRA / Natural England

The Federation responds to CAP consultation

The Federation has responded to the Defra consultation on the future CAP. Below are some of the main points we made.

Defra consultation TB pre-movement testing between farm and common

Defra is inviting views from stakeholders on proposals for new control measures to further reduce the risk of bovine TB transmission between cattle herds.

One of the key proposed changes may have a severe impact on grazing cattle on common land

Classic Agri-environment schemes expiring in 2014

ESAs and Countryside Stewardship agreements expiring in 2014 can enter ELS or HLS during the 2014 transition period.

Report: the impact of moorland grazing and stocking rates

Natural England acknowledges that there remains concern and disagreement about the effects of grazing on the upland landscape and biodiversity, in particular about stocking rates, different livestock types, and the timing and spatial pattern of grazing regimes. The purpose of this report was to comprehensively review the effects of different grazing regimes and stocking rates

Land Management Update - latest issue

The latest issue of Natural England’s Land Management Update is now avaialble

In this issue the main features include:

Some good new for upland farmers

RDPE Transition - Environmental Stewardship

The current Rural Development Programme (RDP) is due to finish at the end of this year, but the next RDP will not start until 2015.  Pending agreement on the legal basis and rural development budgets, Defra are planning to offer £30 million to spend on Environmental Stewardship in 2014, which is very welcome news for hill farmers in the Lake District and other upland

The bulk of this (£26 million) will be spent on top priority Higher Level Stewardship (HLS) agreements, to be targeted at:

Progress on Natural England's Uplands Delivery Review

Natural England has been undertaking a review of Uplands evidence and have published their findings

This is the first of Natural England’s evidence reviews and it addresses 5 topics which were identified with stakeholder input.  It reflects on areas of advice that are subject to challenge and looks at what could make a difference on the ground.

The publication includes the methodology and the assurance process as well as the five topic reviews.

Defra to meet the cost of removing sheep killed in snow

Update from National Sheep Association (NSA).

Final Application dates for HLS and UELS/ELS and news scheme development

Curent schemes

The current agri-environment scheme ends on 31st December 2013. The final application date for ELS is 1st September 2013. HLS applications should already be in train.

Federation response to Defra EU review of LFAs

The Federation has sent its response to the Defra consultation on EU review of Less Favoured Areas.

We’ve asked our members to look at the new maps and see if it will affect them and it doesn’t as all the common land remains within the new classification called Areas if Natural Constraint.

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